UPDATED: Incumbents hold onto Southwest area school board seats, and bonds pass

ELECTION 2017


The results are in for the South-West area school board elections and bond questions that were decided Nov. 7.

In South St. Paul, two bond questions were passed, both with more than 60 percent of the vote. Voters approved an increase in the operating levy to provide an additional $1.3 million per year for student operations. The district’s technology levy was renewed, as well.

“We are so grateful to our community for their yes votes in support of our students, our staff and our educational programs,” Superintendent Dave Webb said in a statement on the district’s website. “This community investment in our schools will strengthen our schools and help us prepare each and every student for their next step.”

John Chandler and Stephanie Levine were re-elected to the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan ISD 197 school board. Maureen Ramirez, who was appointed to the board this January to take over Matt Klein’s seat, was elected to the board for the first time. 

Voters in Inver Grove Heights re-elected school board members Cindy Nordstrom and Lynette Stensgard with 22 percent and 21 percent of the vote, respectively. Carrie Lounsberry earned 20 percent of the vote, giving her the third and only non-incumbent seat up in the election.

Inver Grove Heights Schools had two bond questions on the ballot for voters, and both passed with 58 percent of the vote. One question related to the capital projects levy, which will provide funds for the purchase of textbooks, large musical instruments and more. Its passage means a $50 increase in property taxes for median-valued home worth $235,000. The passage of the operating levy means an increase of $78 in property taxes for the same home.  

In a press release, Katie Sheridan, communications and marketing manager for ISD 199, said the district is humbled by the voters’ support and values their trust.

“We promise to honor that trust by continuing to be good stewards of [your] tax dollars, making sound financial decisions focused on providing quality education that is accessible to all Inver Grove Heights students,” Sheridan said.

Board members will begin their new terms in January.

 

—Hannah Burlingame

 



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The results are in for the Southwest area school board elections and bond questions that were decided Nov. 7.

In South St. Paul, two bond questions were passed, both with more than 60 percent of the vote. Voters approved an increase in the operating levy to provide an additional $1.3 million per year for student operations. The district's technology levy was renewed, as well.

"We are so grateful to our community for their yes votes in support of our students, our staff and our educational programs," Superintendent Dave Webb said in a statement on the district's website. "This community investment in our schools will strengthen our schools and help us prepare each and every student for their next step."

John Chandler and Stephanie Levine were re-elected to the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan ISD 197 school board. Maureen Ramirez, who was appointed to the board this January to take over Matt Klein's seat, was elected to the board for the first time.

Voters in Inver Grove Heights re-elected school board members Cindy Nordstrom and Lynette Stensgard with 22 percent and 21 percent of the vote, respectively. Carrie Lounsberry earned 20 percent of the vote, giving her the third and only non-incumbent seat up in the election.

Inver Grove Heights Schools had two bond questions on the ballot for voters, and both passed with 58 percent of the vote.

One question related to the capital projects levy, which will provide funds for the purchase of textbooks, large musical instruments and more. Its passage means a $50 increase in property taxes for median-valued home worth $235,000. The passage of the operating levy means an increase of $78 in property taxes for the same home.  

In a press release, Katie Sheridan, communications and marketing manager for ISD 199, said the district is humbled by the voters' support and values their trust. "We promise to honor that trust by continuing to be good stewards of [your] tax dollars, making sound financial decisions focused on providing quality education that is accessible to all Inver Grove Heights students," Sheridan said. Board members will begin their new terms in January.

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